Friday, March 30, 2007

It is ART

Is it because he is a chocolate Jesus and not a white chocolate Jesus that everyone is upset? Maybe the powers that be need to clarify with C Ray Nagin...

Regardless I think the Catholic Church and Christian groups should back off of this one. Religious groups seem happy with the sales of chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies – so why be upset when someone takes it to a new level that is actually very talented.

I am banking that the penis thing is having a problematic. I think Jesus had a penis, so I dont know what the big deal is; but please feel free to share you opinions…

ps I thought the calorie count was significant – may be that is what is NOT TASTEFUL to the Christian groups because it is rather fattening…

here is the article should you be inclined to read it:
Catholic rage cancels sweet Jesus art
By Daniel Trotta in New York
March 31, 2007

A MANHATTAN art gallery has cancelled its Easter-season exhibit of a life-size chocolate sculpture depicting a naked Jesus, after an outcry by Roman Catholics.
The sculpture My Sweet Lord by Cosimo Cavallaro was to have been exhibited for two hours each day next week in a street-level window of the Roger Smith Lab Gallery in Midtown Manhattan.

The display had been scheduled to open on Monday, days ahead of Good Friday when Christians mark the crucifixion of Jesus. But protests including a call to boycott the affiliated Roger Smith Hotel forced the gallery to scrap the showing.

"Your response to the exhibit at the Lab Gallery is crystal clear and has brought to our attention the unintended reaction of you and other conscientious friends of ours to the exhibition of Cosimo Cavallaro," Roger Smith Hotel President James Knowles said to "Dear Friends."

"We have caused the cancellation of the exhibition and wish to affirm the dignity and responsibility of the hotel in all its affairs," he said.

The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights had called for a boycott of the hotel, writing to 500 religious and secular organisations.

"This is an assault on Christians during Holy Week," said Kiera McCaffrey, director of communications for the league, which describes itself as the largest US Catholic civil-rights group.

"They would never dare do something similar with a chocolate statue of the prophet Mohammad naked with his genitals exposed during Ramadan," she said before the cancellation.

The archbishop of New York called the sculpture "scandalous" and a "sickening display."

"This is something we will not forget," Cardinal Edward Egan said.

Matthew Semler, the artistic director of the gallery, said earlier that the hotel had no knowledge of what the gallery planned to show and was being unfairly targeted. Moreover, he said the work was not irreverent.

"It's intended as a meditation on the Holy Week," Semler said of the sculpture, which depicts Jesus as if on the cross. Easter Sunday, this year April 8, is celebrated as the day of Jesus' resurrection.

A photo of the piece on the artist's Web site ( shows the work suspended in air. New York is familiar with clashes between art and religion.

In 1999, then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani tried to withdraw a grant from the Brooklyn Museum of Art for a painting depicting the Virgin Mary as a black woman splattered with elephant dung adorned with cut-outs from pornographic magazines.

Current Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a different approach.

"If you want to give the guy some publicity, talk more about it, make a big fuss," Bloomberg told WABC radio. "If you want to really hurt him, don't pay attention."

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Puff The Magic Dragon

Puff The Magic Dragon used to be one of my favorite childhood songs and now Rush Limbaugh has ruined for me by playing the above to a point of nauseousness everyday on his show.

I can't wait for 2008 elections to come and shut Rush up. Well that is sort of like wishing hell to freeze over...

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Thursday, March 22, 2007

And then the walls came tumbling down...

A rather unfortunate thing happened in my office today. My boss and his brother were for whatever reason touring the storage attic when my boss’s brother, who happens to be our insurance agent, fell partially through the ceiling.

This was like getting a free stress test from the cardiologist for me, my boss and his brother. Luckily, no one was hurt.

I thought about taking a picture when he was stuck up there, but did not think it would be appropriate or do my career much good.

When is stopped being scary I must say it was rather amusing in a sick sort of way. Kind of like when you see a person who keeps leaning back in their chair and they finally tilt it just enough to where they fall.

Rat droppings fell out

along with insulation, tiles and of course his leg. Luckily for him and for me the leg was still attached to his body.

Friday, March 16, 2007

The small things matter

this is natures art -

this is nature art in context

There is a cool wind blowing through New Orleans tonight. I can smell my Sweet Jasmine tree and see the Bougainville bush moving. It is all tranquil on the home front, and very beautiful. Almost as good as a Faulkner or Penn Warren description without the great book behind the mood of the evening or the literature therein.

Odd in March for it to feel like it is November, but that is how it feels to me.

I am not fond of holidays, so there is great comfort in knowing that this is a blessing of weather that does not lead up to a blessing of money spent and hopes and resolutions not kept.

Just passing thoughts

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Rub a Dub Dub...

I really like my contractor, but I have to wonder why he thought it was okay to take the bathtub out of the room that he is renovating and leave it in my bedroom- right next to the bed.

Good thing I am not trying to impress any strange men, as they might think I am even stranger than they are…

Given it took him 9 months to renovate my front bathroom, maybe he will have the tub removed by Thanksgiving? Christmas?

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Dont trust ?

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I found THIS:

(hyperlinks never seem to work for me, but this really is worth while so I will show my challenge:)

to be a rather interesting article. Single people do think that the married get all the breaks, and they typically do tax wise.

However, this is good advice for anyone who is planning to marry:

A. As a retiree
B. As a person who has assets to someone who has note
C. As a person who has assets to someone who has debt.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The screwdriver is a device specifically designed to insert and tighten, ...

I guess in that context getting screwed can actually serve a purpose??

Whatever, off the sexual innuendo, give the article a read.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

oh to build like god said

A bit of bible rhetoric, but you can scroll down easily to my bite of rhetoric, I can't put it first as that would make it less applicable message at the end?

Got to have the Disciples have the first word.

"Matthew 7:[26] And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: [27] And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. [28] And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine"

"yikes" -

"The parable of the wise and foolish builders appears twice in the gospels, both accounts of which have been represented below for the purpose of comparison. As we study the parable of these two builders we will read a story to which any of us who have ever built anything can relate, even children understand what flooding can do to a sand castle. Yet from this story we can also learn valuable lessons on our preparation for eternity. It is easy from these simple, everyday words describing the obvious necessity of the proper design of a house to leap to Jesus' intended lesson of properly building one's own life in such a was as to be prepared for the storms and trials of life."


"Matthew 7:16-27 - "By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."

"Luke 6:43-49 - "No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn-bushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete."

"The parable of the wise and foolish builders makes up the closing remarks of Christ's discourse known as the Sermon on the Mount. The sermon itself took place as great crowds of people were following Jesus throughout the region of Galilee and He sat on a mountainside and began to teach them. "

Yikes ...

Raspootin says:

Let me have prophecies: if things do not change to reconstruct our coast line in Louisiana, y’all in the north will be really f’d when we can’t get gas and oil to you and ya'll freeze to death - not our problem. That is your choice when you vote for Iraq over LA and America. YOU deserve to die from frost bite for not being pro- american - you are being pro Irag - and will now go to hell... but at least it will be warm there...

Evidently y’all don’t care as you vote for Bush and his expenditures instead of investing in America.

God forbid we spend money on the Louisiana infrastructure to maintain gas and oil from the gulf - when we spend a trillion on Iraq and have Bush going to Latin America to tell them how generous we are.

Though we are at different ends of the country does not make us less American.

Well I am a bit concerned about New Orleans with relationship to the bible... but I hope that MY City, a home of great music and culture will survive the biblical thought and the lack there in of the rest of America.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Individuality Rules.

There is something about this cartoon that makes me happy to be single.
I wonder what it could be? :)

I will say no more as I would not want to insult my married/coupled friends.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Yeah I had my camera to shoot the excitment!

On Sunday I was standing outside my gallery and saw 4 or 5 police cars circling the neighborhood. It was odd as they all had their lights on and no sirens sounding. It was weird, but obvious that they were looking for someone.

I looked at my friend and opened my mouth to say”…..” and he stopped me and said No Raspootin – they are not going to your house. This was a result of every time a fire engine goes by and head towards my house I say “ god I hope I turned the stove off, I would feel terrible if I burned down the block by accident.”

I left the gallery about 15 minute’s later and headed home (about 5 minutes away) and low and behold my street was blocked off and all of the cop cars were in front of my house! Who says I am neurotic paranoid?

An armed robbery happened about 20 minutes earlier just around the corner. The police apprehended the guy in front of my house. Evidently the paid neighborhood association security person (a woman who was around 5’ and weighed hmm maybe 105) did not have a dispatch radio or cell phone in her security truck and had to pull over and ask my neighbors to call 911.

At least the cops were on the ball and got the guy quickly. Of course district 2 police station is 3 blocks away from my house. Who figures that the robber would pick a neighborhood that close to the police station with about 10 people out in their yards to witness what he was doing?

Crime does not pay… unless you are smart.